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"putter Community College's Magazine 

Butler Sports 

Get the scoop on your Grizzly 
spring sports. 


zlies in the Spotlight 

\ Grizzlies who graduated in the past and found 
ce in the spotlight of fame. 


Obama C&npaign Hits El Dorado 

Barack Obama's campaln trail stops in El Dorado and packs the Power Plant 

from wall to wa 

}<Aaguzine Staff 

Managing Editors 

Chris Neal 
Krystal Walker 


Chris Neal 
Samantha Scribner 


Shawna Napoli 


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Chris Neal 




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Krystal Walker, Chris Neal, Shawna Napoli, and Brooke Poe 

With only five staff members we just wanted to thank the 
staff for all the effort put into this issue. For Krystal 
Walker it was her last issue as editor. "I enjoyed working 
with everyone and will miss everyone," says Walker 

Front Cover: Sen. Barack Obama takes the podium at the Butler Power Plant on Jan. 29, to speak to the Butler students, 
people of El Dorado, and the surrounding areas. The campaign visit packed Butler's gymnasium despite the frigid tempera- 
tures and heavy snow the crowd endured while waiting on the event doors to open. Photo by Chris Neal 


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T a ble of Contents 

Campus Life 

See how Butler students carry out their everyday college 

8 Grizzlies in the Spotlight 

Meet the Grizzlies who graduated in the past and found 
their place in the spotlight of fame. 

10 Towering Over Butler 

A look at KBTL's radio tower and those who broadcast on it. 

12 BCT.V. 

Go behind the scenes to see how BC T.V. operates. 

14 People of Kenya 

Find out how these Grizzlies found Butler from the other side 
of the world. 

16 3D Animation 

Explore the world of 3D animation and the new 3D animation 
class that's now offered by Butler. 

Obama Campaign Hits El Dorado 

Barack Obama's campaign trail stops in El Dorado and packs 
the Power Plant from wall to wall. 

22 Shopping for Spring 

Need to get those new clothes for summer? Check out where 
to get the best deals and apparel. 

20 School Shootings 

Colleges across the U.S. are feeling the fear of another 
shooting. Check this out to see what you should do if put into 
that situation. 

24 Butler Just Might Have Their Radio On 

Two of the men that helped bring you your Grizzly sports on 
the air and in the Lantern are saying goodbye. 

26 Butler Sports 

Get the scoop on your Grizzly spring sports. 

36 KACP Awards Given to Grizzly Magazine 

See what awards when given to the Grizzly Magazine staff this 

38 Freda Briggs a Master Teacher 

English teacher Freda Briggs wins Butler's Master Teacher 


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Campus \->ife 

Hangin' out between classes, Camron Johnson, El 
Dorado freshman, visits with some old high school class- 

Sewing costumes for the second theatre production 
of the year, Lauren Rust, Wichita sophomore, makes some 
last minute stitches before dress rehearsal. 


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Ethan Ehrstine (guitar, vocals) and the rest of the 
Giants of Silence" band performed in Butler's Gold Room. Along 
with door prizes, free pizza was also given to the crowd. 

Working in EduCare, Jordan Nottingham, Rose Hill 
sophomore, helps Blakley Wilson with his Easter eggs. The 
"Easter Bunny" also came to visit the kids for Easter. 

Butler County Community 

Preparing for math class, Kelsey Modlin, Augusta 
freshman, looks over her homework before turning it in. 


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Preparing for opening night, Karen Harpenau, 
Wichita freshman, listens to the constructive criticism of the 
play director. 

Getting ready to start printing photos for photography 
class, Chase Biles, Wellington freshman, picks out a negative 
to develop. 


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Working for the Help Desk, Mick Solliday, Flint Hills 
freshman, helps a student set up their Pipeline account. 

Jeremy Johnson, El Dorado sophomore, works at 
Quick Trip, re-stocking the rotisserie machine with taquitos. 


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Graduating from Thomas Dale High School in Chester, 
Va., Johnson went to Butler Community College from 
1998-1999. As a sophomore, he averaged 7.3 yards per 
carry as a running back, and was named the MVP of the 
1999 National Championship by scoring all seven of 
Butler's touchdowns, beating Dixie College 49-35. After 
Butler, Johnson began attending Auburn University. 

At Auburn University, Johnson ended his college year 
with 324 rushing attempts, the single season record, for 
1,567 yards, second in school history. In ten games alone 
Johnson rushed for 100 yards or more. 

Berudi Ali Johnson, his real name, is now a running 
back for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was drafted by the 
Bengals from Auburn University as the fifth pick in the 
fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft and is now going into 
his eighth pro season. 

Johnson didn't get much playing time in his first two 
NFL seasons, because he was behind the three-time Pro 
Bowler Corey Dillon, the Bengals' leading rusher since 
1997. During these first two seasons, he had only 17 car- 
ries and 7 receptions. 

Because Dillon missed much of the 2003 season with 
injuries, Johnson ended up in the starting lineup. Johnson 
helped the Bengals improve from a 2-14 record in 2002, 
which was the worst in the franchise's history, to an 8-8 
record in 2003. This was their second non-losing record in 
13 years. 

By the end of the next season, the Bengals finished with 
an 11-5 record, the team's first winning season since 


Information courtesy of 

Photo courtesy 
of Butler Athletics 

Rudi Johnson played football for Butler CC and is now currently playing 
professional football as a running back for the Cincinnati Bengals, going 
into his eighth pro season. 

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Knowles graduated from Butler Community College in 
1957 and moved on to Wichita State to get his bachelor's 
in science in 1960. He began his career in 1963 as a 
sales representative for Proctor and Gamble. Knowles held 
a number of positions at Proctor and Gamble such as dis- 
trict manager, division manager, sales manager and mar- 
keting manager. 

Knowles joined Dr. Pepper in 1982, taking the newly 
created position of vice president and general manager of 
the fountain and food service division. Knowles' leadership 
led to the Dr. Pepper Company doubling in growth and 
tripling in fountain and food service. 

Knowles is currently on the board of directors for the 
Cott Corporation, the world's leading supplier of retailer 
brand soft drinks. He is also on the board of Wendy's, 
Nutrasweet, and is invested in Tin Star, a fast casual 

Knowles is one of only 30 people to make it into the 
Beverage Hall of Fame. The Beverage Hall of Fame honors 
beverage executives who have shown devotion, creativity 
and love for the soft drink industry above and beyond oth- 
ers, and Knowles did exactly that. 

"It is quite an honor to be chosen for the Beverage Hall 
of Fame because it is such a huge business. The induc- 
tion really marks a milestone in my career," says Knowles. 

New members were selected annually until 1990, but 
have been chosen biannually since 1992. 

Information courtesy of , Director, Marketing communication 

True Knowles retired as CEO of Dr. Pepper in 1995 and is a mem- 
ber of the Beverage World Soft Drink Hall of Fame. He served as the 
interim CEO for NutraSweet and currently serves as chairman of the 
NutraSweet board of directors. 

Lister attended Butler Community College from 1996-98 
as a track star achieving the name of a seven time NJCAA 
ail-American and athlete of the meet at the 1998 NJCAA 
indoor track nationals. 

After Butler, Lister attended the University of Arkansas 
where he continued to win several awards, including being 
named an eight time NCAA ail-American and winning five 
NCAA national titles. 

Melvin made the jump of his life while competing in the 
triple jump, to qualify him for the 2004 Olympics, which 
would end up being his second appearance in the Games 
after competing in Sydney in the 2000 Olympics. 

His jump that qualified him for the '04 Olympics meas- 
ured 58 feet 4 inches, which happened to be the best in 
the world for that year and also the best in United States 
track and field history. 

Before making this life changing jump, Lister had not 
cleared 55 feet in over four years and had never cleared 
more that 56 feet in his track and field career. 

"I've never pulled out anything that dramatic before," 
Lister told the Indianapolis Star newspaper. 

Sadly, Lister couldn't finish strong enough in the x 04 
Olympics, leaving Athens holding the 18th spot and failing 
to qualify for the finals. 

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Melvin Lister graduated from Butler in 1998. He jumped a 
U.S record in the triple jump to qualify for the 2004 Olympics in 
Athens. It was his second time to compete in the Olympics, as 
he qualified in the long jump for the 2000 games in Sydney. 


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Built in 1988 and standing at a whopping 590 
feet tall is Butler's radio tower. The tower has helped 
Butler's communications department develop into the 
outstanding program that it has become. 

"Before the tower was built, we just had some 
small introductory classes with all the correct equipment 
and we just needed a license from the FCC," says Larry 
Patton, Dean of Humanities/Fine Arts. 

Acquiring the license took longer than had been 
expected for Patton. He was one of the many people 
who helped negotiate with all the lawyers that were 
involved in the process. 

"It took us years to get what was required and 
when we did, the program just took off from there." 

Butler received just over a $1.5 million grant 
from the Federal Government and with the help from 
some other funds, the tower was built, and KBTL 88.1 FM 
was born. 

When it came time to be putting up the antenna 
on the tower, technician Greg Ball took charge, but not 
without some help from friend and former high school 
instructor from Flint Hills, Dean Patton. 

"It was quite an experience being up there. You 
could see everything. People don't notice from the 
ground, but when you're climbing the tower, it shifts back 
and forth a bit because of the wind. It was amazing," 
says Patton. 

"Butler was the first to have the radio tower built, 
followed by WSU soon after," says Tom Erwin, Chief 
Information Officer. 

Erwin remembers helping dig a trench from the 
1500 building to the tower to allow for cables to run 
underground. He also recalls an interesting moment dur- 
ing the construction. 

"The tower is built in 20 foot sections. Some 
workers were on the section that was being suspended in 
the air to be placed on the top at about 300 feet when all 
of a sudden the truck that was holding onto the 20 foot 
section started to slide toward the tower. Some of us 
were watching from the ground and we got a bit nervous 
because the truck had slid about 30 yards and it was get- 
ting close to smashing into the tower. The man operat- 
ing the truck got out, grabbed a few large rocks and 
stuck them in front of the tires so that they wouldn't slide 

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The Butler radio tower is home to Butler's station, KBTL, 
and rents out to many others stations as well. 

anymore and said, 'Okay, we're good' and went back on 
working like it was no big deal." 

The radio tower isn't just used by Butler. Botts 
Communications, a religious station out of Kansas City, 
Butler's EMS county emergency and the biggest yet, Sprint, 
all rent space on the tower. Sprint has a 15 year contract 
with the college and is now in their 11 th year. 

Erwin gives much credit to Ball, Solaris/Pipeline 
Systems Administrator, for the implementation, operation 
and construction of the tower. Erwin notes that they prob- 
ably wouldn't have been able to do it without him. 

"Butler has come so far. There is so much that we 
are capable of producing and the learning possibilities are 
endless," says Facilitator of Multimedia, Randy Ellis. 

Broadcasting at Butler has allowed students to get 
the experience and education that is needed for future 
employment in a radio or television career. Some students 
have their own shows during the week to broadcast, which 
gives them the opportunity to put a radio or television show 
together like they would if it were their real job. 

"Unlike many other schools, Butler has small class- 
es and it allows for students to get plenty of hands on learn- 

Andrew Hammond, Wichita freshman, is host and frequent guest on 
many of KBTL's radio shows. Hammond hosts "The Andrew Hammond 
Show" and the R&B block for KBTL. 

ing which schools like WSU don't have," says Lance Hayes, 
Mass Communications instructor. 

Some students have gone off to work for other sta- 
tions around Kansas such as KWCH and FOX. They have all 
graduated from the program at Butler. 

"We want to provide the students with the best 
possible services and learning experiences," says Erwin. 
"That's our goal." 


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a t 
in time all 
of us have 
picked up a 
remote control 
and played a video 
game or watched a 
movie that did not 
involve real people. All of 
that entertainment was made 
by animation. While playing 
video games or watching ani- 
mated movies did you ever 

says that 3-D 
animation is 
graphics that use 
representation of 

geometric data that is 
stored in the computer 
for the purpose of 
performing calculations 
ana rendering 2-D 


catch yourself asking, 'How 
did they make this?' If the 
answer is yes, then maybe 
you should consider going into 
a career of 3-D Animation. 

3-D animation sounds inter- 
esting, but what is it exactly? 
The concept of 3-D animation 
all began with William Fetter, 
a Boeing employee. He was 
the man behind the name 
"computer graphics" in 1960. 
After establishing the idea of 
computer graphics, along 
came Ed Catmull and Fred 
Park who made the first ani- 
mated movie called 
"Futureworld" in 1976. From 
there on out, new ideas 
have become America's 
entertainment for years. 

The first step in majoring 
in 3-D animation is picking 
the right school. So many 
schools that provide majors 
in 3-D animation are scat- 
tered across the United 
States along with online 
classes. Schools such as 
ITT, Kan., Art Institute, 
Colo., Collins College, Ariz., 
Animation Mentor, Online, 
Pratt Institute, N.Y., 

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"If you feel that 
3-D animation is call- 
ing your name j the best 
way to get a feel for 
the real thing is to buy 
the software and let 
your animation ideas 
flow right 
out of you." 

Savannah College, Ga., Some of the software that is used 
Digital Media Arts College, in creating 3-D animation is Crazy 
Fla., and Farleigh Talk and Softimage. If you would 
Dickinson University, like to learn more about 3-D anima- 
N.J., just to name a few. tion, then the next step is to take 
Once you have decid- Butler Community College's very 
ed on a college, what own 3-D animation class BA128 3-D 
kind of a job should Computer Animation I and if you still 
you expect out of all want to learn more after taking the 
the long hours of study- 3-D Computer Animation class, 
ing? Knowing what type there is a 3-D Animation II class 
of 3-D animation work available as well, 
you want to do 
can land you a 
major job in big 
named jobs. One 
company is 
Pixar. Pixar is 
one of the 
major leading 
providers for the 
Walt Disney Corporation. 
Another major company is 
Hatchling, who has done 
work for companies such 
as MTV, Fisher Price, 
Forensic Files, Prudential 
and Wombie-Carlyle. As far 
as gaming companies, Art Duck is 
one company that has made major 
scenery for games and they look 
almost real! 

"Many careers that 
involve 3-D animation are 
website design, movie 
making, commercials, 
animation graphics, TV 
shows, freelance 
animation and gaming" 

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Senator Obama uses body language 
throughout his speech to emphasize his 
thoughts on making America better. 

Senator Obama makes yet another signifi- 
cant point as he raises his finger into the 
air, demanding change. 

11 I'm not asking 
you to believe 
just in my ability 
to bring about 
real change in 
Washington. ..I'm 
asking you to 
believe in yours. 
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am Campaign 
Hits El Dorado 

Andrew Hammond 

Sports Media 

As the crowd anxiously came in and 
waited, an excitement filled the air 
with something that Kansas Democrats 
have not seen in years, a chance to 
have their voices heard. 

El Dorado was one of the many stops 
that Illinois Senator Barack Obama 
made as he geared up for the multi- 
state "Super Tuesday" caucuses. This 
visit was extra special for Obama 
because his grandparents on his moth- 
er's side are residents of El Dorado. He 
acknowledged that at the beginning of 
his speech, pointing out some of the 
friends of his grandparents. 

Young and old were in the Power 
Plant as he spoke of change and opti- 
mism, something that some say 
Democrats have been wanting and 
needing to hear the last eight years. 

"I came here to see Obama. He is a 
great speaker and I think this is a great 
thing for the state of Kansas," says 
Logan Jones, a Wichita East High 
School senior. 

Over 2,000 people were packed in 
the Power Plant to see Obama. The 
local media as well as the national 
media was on hand to see history take 
place on what was, ironically, Kansas 

Sen. Obama's schedule called for 
him to make his speech in the Power 
Plant and then see the crowd in the 
overflow area. Those plans were 
changed as the senator visited the 
overflow first and then made his way 
to the Power Plant. 

"We were waiting around trying to Obama discussed hope and the 

get organized but something was slow- future in his speech and the crowd was 

ing him up. It was well worth the wait standing and applauding as he made 

after he made his speech," says Jones, his viewpoints heard. The two biggest 

Sen. Barack Obama is in a tight race standing ovations were given when he 

with Sen. Hillary Clinton for the commented on health care and dis- 

Democratic nomination. This is a very cussed the war in Iraq, 

historic race because it involves an "I knew he was very strong on the 

African-American and a woman, both war, but his views on health care real- 

of whom have a very good chance of ly impressed me," says Lisa Decou, 

winning over the American public. Wichita State sophomore. 

"We will find out if 
America is ready for change 
and be able to make 2008 a 
historical year," says Terry 
Moran, ABC News, in an 

Obama is riding a wave 
that started with his power- 
ful 2004 Democratic con- 
vention speech. That 
momentum continued in 
2004 as he won the U.S. 
Senate election in Illinois. 
He defeated Alan Keys by 
53 percent. That defeat was 
the largest in Illinois senate 

Since then, he has gained 
more attention, positive and 
negative. Eighteen months 
before the presidential elec- 
tions this coming 
November, the U.S. Secret 
Service was assigned to 
guard the senator. 

"The Secret Service pro- 
tection is very important 
because people do some 
crazy things out there," says 

Obama said in his speech that he 

Senator Barack Obama speaks to the Butler students as well 
as the people of El Dorado and the surrounding areas at the 
Butler Power Plant on Jan. 29. 


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would like to see the health care that he and 

other people in Washington D.C. get because 

as Obama says it, "You are my boss, you 

pay my salary. You deserve as good of 

health care as I deserve." 

"Health care seems to be the important 

thing this election so I'm glad he discussed 

it and just didn't say I will fix it, he 

had a plan for it," said Angela 

Muhwezi, a Wichita Heights High 

School senior. 

Near the end of his speech he 

brought out a special guest, 

Kansas Governor Kathleen 

Sebelius,who received 

cheers from many in 

the Power 

Plant as she 



Obama for 


"I think that 

he brings a 

different life 


compared to 

what we as 


have had in the 

past and he would 

bring something 

different to the 

table," says Gov. 


She followed 
Obama to Kansas 
City to attend a 
speech that Obama 
made later on that 
night. That speech 
drew 20,000 peo- 


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pie but the main speech that was covered that 
day was in El Dorado. 

"I think it's great that he came to El Dorado. 
He could have gone to a bigger place but it's 
good to see that he stepped out and went to a 
much different place and it turned out to work 
in my opinion," says Sebelius. 

The big rumor going around lately is, if Obama 
gets the nomination for the Democratic Party, 
Gov. Sebelius would be his running mate. 

Also, Hillary Clinton has said she would not 
mind sharing the Democratic ticket with Barack 
Obama, saying "It would be the dream team 
ticket for the Democratic party." 

"I think that if they were on the same ticket I 
believe that it would open McCain up to get a 
surefire win in the election in November," says 
Steve Tollison, an El Dorado sophomore. 

On March 21, New Mexico Governor Bill 
Richardson officially endorsed Senator Barack 
Obama. Richardson had previously endorsed 
Hillary Clinton up until March 21, when he said, 
"You are a once in a lifetime leader. Above all 
you will be a president who brings this country 

Richardson isn't the first to give Obama a key 
endorsement. Sen. Edward Kennedy from 
Massachusetts has endorsed him on behalf of 
the Kennedy family. Entertainment figures have 
also stepped up to represent Obama in 
November, such as rapper Jay-z, talk show 
hosts Tyra Banks and Oprah Winfery, and 
actors Jessica Alba, Jamie Foxx and Ben 

"I believe that some of these big name peo- 
ple in politics and entertainment will help him 
[Obama] in the long run," says Lisa Decou, 
Wichita State sophomore. 

Election day is Nov. 4 and either Barack Obama 
or Hillary Clinton will be representing the 
Democratic Party while John McCain will repre- 
sent the Republican Party. 

Obama takes the podium preparing to speak at the Butler 
Power Plant, as the crowd acknowledges his presence with 
a standing ovation. 


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Senator Obama waves goodbye to the crowd after giv- 
ing a campaign speech to the people of El Dorado and 
the surrounding areas at Butler's own Power Plant gym- 

This Secret Service agent was one of many who 
swarmed around the Butler campus during the Obama 
campaign visit to El Dorado. 

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius came to the event as Obama's 
suprise guest. She also gave her official endorsement 
for the Obama campaign at the Butler Power Plant 

"I think that he brings a dif 
ferent iife experience com- 
pared to what we as 
Americans have had in the 
past and he would bring 
something different to the 
-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius 

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Everyone prepares themselves for spring 
and summertime in one way or another. Whether 
it's working out to get that swimsuit body or just 
doing some spring cleaning, it's no doubt that the 
warm weather has an effect on everyone. 

"Yeah, I work 
out," says Donnel 
Reaves,Temple Hills, 
Md. sophomore. "It's 
hard to maintain this 
figure!" But rather than 
losing weight, Reaves 
likes to gain weight, to 
in return, gain muscle. 
"I like to gain about 15 
pounds in muscle 
before summer," he 

Others, like 
Sara Johnson, sopho- 
more, Wichita, turn to 
other types of fitness 
rather than hitting the 
weight bench. 

"I do yoga and 
like to do swim classes 
during winter to keep in 
shape," she says. 

"I can't lift 
weights; I don't have 
the motivation." 

The new spring 
season also brings new 
spring clothes, which works out well for those 
who skip the gym to hit the mall. 

"My favorite summer clothes are dresses, 
tank tops, and I absolutely love flip-flops," says 

Sara Betsworth, freshman, Valley Center. 

"My favorite store to shop at, especially 
for warm weather, is American Eagle, but I also 
like Hollister, Charolette Russe and Dick's," she 

But most college stu- 
dents tend to be a lit- 
tle tight on money 
when it comes to 
shopping so when 
asked where to go if 
your'e on a budget, 
stores like Target, TJ. 
Maxx, Wal-Mart, and 
Steve and Barry's were 
recommended by Traci 
Gelskey, freshman, 
Portland, Ore. Another 
good idea for students 
on a budget is to "pick 
out items that you can 
wear with more than 
one thing," says 

Speaking from 
experience, shopping 
for clothes can be a 
pain in the neck, so to 
make the shopping 
experience more suc- 
cessful, start looking at 
how you shop, or more 
importantly, who you 
shop with. It is much easier to find clothes that 
you like and fit you right when you shop with 
someone that is either your same body type or, 
like Gelskey says, "has the same style as you." 


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Just think. If you're at the mall with 
someone that has a different body type or style 
than you do, you might have trouble finding 
clothes that you want because your friend wants 
to hit up the store next door, for example. But if 
you're with someone that shares the same char- 
acteristics that you have, then chances are both 
of you will be in the same store for hours spend- 
ing more money than you had planned on 

Preparing for the warm weather may 
include working out, shopping or even putting off 
that cluttered closet that you've been meaning to 
get to, but just remember, the faster you get it 
clean, the faster you can enjoy the sunshine. 

Looking for a new swimsuit for summer, Cami Halloran, 
Lawrence freshman, takes advantage of Wal-Mart's low 

Traci Gelskey, Portland, Ore. freshman, looks for a "cute" pair of sandals at the mall. "It's 
just not spring without a cute, but comfortable pair of sandals," she says. 

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Could a school shooting 
really happen on the peaceful 
campus of Butler 
Community College? Is it possi- 
ble that the person you just 
walked past, just sat next to, 
or smiled at while reading this 
article could become the next 
victim of a school shooting? 
School shootings have grown 
so much that he Webster has 

actually defined school shoot- 
ing in their dictionary. Webster 
defined school shooting as a 
gun violence primarily in edu- 
cational institutions, especially 
the mass murder or spree 
killing of people connected with 
an institution. 

One of the first college 
school shootings was at 
University of Texas in 1966. It's 

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The El Dorado police walk in fully aware of the situation that has happened at the mock school 
shooting. Knowing that this is not real, they still take it as a serious situation. 

not like this rapid mass murder 
of people being killed in an 
educational environment just 
developed in the 21st century. 
If a person is not happy with 
the college they have decided 
to attend or even with the fact 
that they are at a college, why 
not just stop going? Why stop 
so many young minds' futures 
from beginning? 

Preventing School Shootings 

It is not possible to keep 
anyone from doing what they 
have made up their mind to 
do, so is it possible to prevent 
school violence? A person may 
look as though they could start 
a rampage around a college 
campus, but that does not 
mean that they will. A person 
may look as though they are 
the last person in the world to 
pick up a gun and start 
shooting their classmates, but 
that does not mean that they 
won't. Profiling is not a method 
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school shootings, which is why 
profiling is against policies from 
schools to the workplace. 

What can be done then 
to prevent school shootings? If 
you hear of any student plan- 
ning on committing a violent 
crime, report it. You do not 
want to be the one who walks 
out of the classroom and sees 
your best friend dead lying on 
the floor just because you were 
too afraid to stand up and say 

Another step in pre- 
venting school shootings is 
security. Security guards, 
detectors and cameras are in 
many schools, but not in all. 
Butler Community College has 
security guards and some cam- 
era equipment 

placed around all campus loca- 
tions. The best that this proce- 
dure can do in case of a school 
shooting is stopping the shoot- 
ing before it gets worse. 

The absolute best solu- 
tion is to always be aware of 
your surroundings and the peo- 

ple in them. 

The Aftermath 

You unlock the door and 
look around. Everything is clear 
on your side of the campus, 
while others have lost their 
lives on the opposite end of 
campus. How do you cope with 
the shooting on campus? 

A school shooting is 
unexpected and the fact that 
one student can kill a mass of 
other students is also hard to 

wrap a person's mind around. 
Only time will heal all wounds. 
Every day it will get a little eas- 
ier and easier. Live for the ones 
who did not get a chance to do 
what you are given the chance 
to do. Change things about the 
faults that happened during the 
shooting so as to lower the 
number of deaths. Be aware of 
the warning signs. If you feel 
as though something is just not 
right with someone, do not 
hesitate to investigate. Who 

Shot by the mock shooting, a student of Butler Community College lays "dead" next to his friend 
after leaving class. 

Some tandom facts 

There have been at least 9 college school shootings. 

The first school shooting was at a college in 1966. 

In the college school shooting instances there were 7 male perpetrators 
and 1 female. 


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knows, because of the signs 
you picked up from someone 
you could just save lives. 

Warning Signs 

It may seem as though 
students are acting around and 
playing "pretend" but if they 
are acting out violent incidents 
be aware of what they are act- 
ing out and how violent it really 
is. If someone expresses their 
violence through writing, 
speech, art or acting, this could 
be an early warning sign. 

If a person seems to be 
alone a lot of the time, suffers 
a loss in grades, or has been a 
victim of violence, these too 
can be signs. 

Constantly picking fights 
or having fights with other 
peers can be a sign of violence. 
Also owning of firearms can be 
a sign of wanting to destruct 
persons and themselves. 

One thing students and 
faculty members have got to 
be cautious of is the fact that 
all these signs do not mean 
that the student or faculty 
member is going to plan and 
carry out a school shooting. 
The signs are just common 
signs found among the perpe- 
trators of school shootings. 
Stereotyping is just as bad and 
could cause a school shooting. 
Everyone has the right to 
believe in what they want to 
believe in as long as it does 
not harm anyone else. 

School shootings are 
tragic and they take the lives of 
many innocent people, but if 
the signs are there, report them 

The "shooter" takes a look behind him before 
entering the 1500 building 

to the correct support system. 
Know the ways to escape from 
any dorm room or school build- 
ing. There are maps of the 
Butler Community campus 
located in the registrar's office. 
Be aware of your surroundings. 
And remember that everyone is 
their own person. Don't bully 
anyone to make yourself better 
or be violent in any way and 
maybe day by day we as peo- 
ple can prevent school shoot- 
ings from ever happening. 

Butler Prepares 

It was an ordinary 
afternoon and students 
were either in their classes, 
working on homework or 
going to their dorms for the 
evening. All of a sudden the 
students' worst nightmare 
begins, a school shooting. 

The mock school 
shooting was a way for 
Butler to prepare in case a 
school shooting tragedy 
ever does occur. 


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The police secure the campus after the mock shoot- 
ing ended, ensuring the safety of the students and 
faculty on campus. 

A Butler student gave Channel 12 her opinion of the 
mock shooting and how she felt it would help Butler 
prepare for the worst. 


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John G iff in 

Sports Media/Radio T.V. 

I first enrolled in Radio Production in what I thought was my 
last semester at Butler, as a fun elective. I was quickly invited 
by Lance Hayes, Radio/TV instructor, to enroll in Applied TV to 
help with the production of the bi-weekly TV magazine show, 
"The Campus Edge." I was also told at this time about the 
Sports Media Department and jumped at the opportunity to get 
involved with both. 

I started out in spring of 2007 running the radio board for 
basketball broadcasts and serving as a reporter for "The Campus 
Edge." I quickly learned I had a passion for broadcasting and 
looked to participate in any way that I could. By the end of 
spring 2007, I was offered a Sports Media scholarship by Mr. 
Swan. Needless to say, I decided to stick around for the fall 
2007 semester to pick up the lacking credits I needed for a Mass 
Communications degree. 

I also picked up two student worker positions, one with Steve 
Cless at BCTV 20, the other at Frontier Refinery doing 

When fall rolled around I volunteered to run the board for the 
Butler versus Kilgore, Texas football game. The first KBTL 
broadcast of the semester, like the first football game, started 

out rocky. 

Before game-time I opened the pot for the 
announcing team of Weston Pletcher, Brant 
Heckethorn and Andrew Hammond. I was rewarded 
with dead air. So I turned up the 
volume on the pot and heard Brant 
whispering play-by-play, followed 
by silence when Andrew or Weston 
chimed in. I dialed my phone to 
the talent to try to troubleshoot the 
situation. We tried several things. 
None of them worked. Mr. Swan, 
who is always calm before and dur- 
ing a broadcast, LOL, said he was 
on his way to the studio. 

The muted play-by-play followed 
by silence continued and I immedi- 
ately pulled out the rack in the stu- 
dio to try my hand at Radio 
Engineering. I followed the wires 
from the back of the unit to the 
board. With my extensive engi- 
neering expertise (I have none), I 
did the most logical thing I could 
think of. I jiggled the cord that 
connected the telephone pot to the 
rack. After just the right jiggle, 
came the sweetest sound I had 
ever heard, play-by-play followed 
by analysis and color commentary. 
Hours later Butler came back from a 28 point third 
quarter deficit to win 29-28 and begin a beautiful 
start to a magical season. 

A magical year it has been as we have broadcast 
everywhere from a hostile crowd in Colorado Springs, 
to the hallowed confines of Gene Bess and Three 
Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo. 

I have functioned as a play-by-play announcer, a 
sports TV photographer, a producer of "The Campus 
Edge," a TV photographer for the Barack Obama and 
Alan Mullaly events, a disc jockey, a co-host of a 
sports talk show, and a newspaper and magazine 

Through the Butler Mass Communications 
Department, I gained real world experience, valuable 
education in print and broadcasting, the ability to 
think with little sleep, and some friends. 

I will always have gratitude towards Michael Swan, 
Lance Hayes, Steve Cless and Randy Ellis at Butler, 
as well as John Sherman and Mike Fritschen at 
Frontier Refinery, for everything they have taught me 
about the various aspects of professionalism, technol- 
ogy and Mass Communications. 


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Weston has been a part of the Butler Sports Media group for the past two 
years, and is now departing to the University of Kansas this fall. He has con- 
tributed to the Lantern newspaper, the Grizzly Magazine, and has done a 
huge number of broadcasts of football and men's and women's basketball. 

Weston Pletcher 

Sports Media 

Well, where do I begin? I have had a blast here at Butler the 
last two years, while taking part in the Sports Media program 
and also writing for The Lantern and Grizzly Magazine. Here at 
Butler I have been lucky enough to participate in many fun and 
exciting activities. Some of the highlights from the last two 
years for me include: traveling to Texas for the first football 
game of the season last year while also getting to tour the Fox 
Sports studios in Dallas, watching a Major League Baseball game 

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between the Oakland A's and 
Texas Rangers, going to 
Coffeyville for the Dalton 
Defenders Bowl, traveling to 
Colorado this year for the 
Butler-Air Force Prep football 
game, being able to take a 
tour of the Air Force 
Academy, sightseeing around 
Salt Lake City and Colorado 
Springs, broadcasting the 
National Championship game 
between Butler and Snow 
College, attending the KAB 
sports seminar in Kansas 
City, and last but not least, 
riding around with Mr. Swan 
in Kansas City, Colorado, 
Texas and Utah trying not to 
get lost. 

This year as a whole was 
probably my favorite of the 
two because I was able to 
broadcast the National 
Championship game in Salt 
Lake City, Utah. While in 
Utah we were also able to 
attend a Utah Jazz basketball 
game which was incredible 
because we were able to 
meet some of the players 
and coaches. 
I will be graduating this 
May with an Associates Degree in Arts. 

I would just like to say thank you to all of my 
teachers (especially Mr. Swan and Mr. Hayes) and 
the friends that I have met for giving me an unfor- 
gettable two years at Butler. Individually I would like 
to thank the Sports Media students that I had a 
chance to work with: Chuck, Brandon, Matt, Michala, 
Ross, Andrew Liebau, John, Andrew Hammond, Dan, 
Brant and Chris. 

In the fall I will be attending the University of 
Kansas to further my education in Journalism. So to 
all of Butler Community College I just want to say 
good luck and have fun while you're here because it 
will be gone before you know it! 



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The Grizzly Spring 2008 

The Grizzlies own, Dominique Ngiman, 
Cameroon freshman, flies over the Dodge City 
defender for a lay-up, giving him 2 more points 
to add to his 13 total for the night. The men 
slid by the Conquistadors with a narrow win, 
68-64. The Grizzlies had an overall season 
record of 9-21 with a record of 4-12 in the 
Jayhawk Conference. 

Weston Pletcher 

Sports Media 

Another men's basketball season 
has come and gone here at Butler 
Community College. The Grizzlies fin- 
ished the year 9-21 overall and 4-12 
in the conference under first year 
Head Coach Mike Bargen. Bargen led 
his team to an 8th place finish in the 
Jayhawk West. The Grizzlies lost in 
the first round of the Region VI play- 
offs to the #1 seed Cowley Tigers. 

Butler went through half the season 
without a full team. They lost DJ. 
Harrison at semester due to transfer 
and Austin Birkholtz due to injury. 

The Grizzlies were led by Logan 
Stutz, Blue Springs, Mo. freshman, as 
he led the team in points, rebounds, 
and free throw percentage. Stutz 
averaged 13.1 points and 5.3 
rebounds per game. Maurice Colter, 
Forrestville, Md. freshman, also 
stepped up and had a solid season for 
the Grizzlies as he finished the season 
averaging 12.3 points per game while 
also leading the team in steals and 
assists. Kevin Sechrist, Lyons sopho- 
more, finished his sophomore cam- 
paign averaging 9.3 points and 3.5 
rebounds per game while leading the 
team in three point shooting, 48 per 
percent. Avery Richardson, Wichita 

sophomore, and Marcus Batiste, 
Topeka sophomore, each ended their 
Butler careers with solid sophomore 
seasons. Richardson averaged 7.2 
points while Batiste averaged 8.7 
points and 4.0 rebounds per game off 
the bench. 

Cody Arnold, Dominique Ngiman, 
Kiel Riemann, and late addition 
Markus White all contributed key min- 
utes and plays for the Grizzlies 
throughout the season. White was a 
member of the 2007 National 
Championship football team and was 
able to provide the Grizzlies with 
more size and strength in the post for 
the final 12 games of the season. 

Richardson, Batiste, Sechrist and 
White finish their Butler careers hav- 
ing contributed a major part to the 
Butler basketball program. 

On the year Butler was able to 
sweep Colby and split with Garden 
City and Dodge City for some of the 
more positive notes during conference 
play. But the Grizzlies' best game 
probably came at Allen County as 
they came all the way back from 
being down double-digits for most of 
the game and won an overtime 
thriller 84-80. 

Butler will now head into the off- 
season looking to improve for next 


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Damara Lewis, Lyons freshman, reaches for 
the loose ball knocked away by a Pratt defend- 
er. The Lady Grizzlies lost to Pratt 65-43 going 
into the first round of the playoffs where they 
lost to Coffeyville, 91-57. 

Andrew Hammond 

Sports Media 

The Butler Lady Grizzlies season was 
rough as they struggled to stay con- 
sistent and finished with a record of 

The team was under new leader- 
ship this season as Terrance Micheaux 
became the first ever African- 
American head coach in Butler sports 

Coming into the season the team 
was led by sophomores Lakeshia Levi 
and Brittany Fernandez. They also got 
a boost from freshman Lindsey 
Handcox, Phylicia Freeman and 
Tiffany Stokes. 

In the first game of the season the 
ladies finished off Friends JV 71-60 in 
the Power Plant. After that the ladies 
struggled by losing five of the next 
seven games. Their only two wins 
were against Southwestern JV and 

Levi was the team's top player this 
year. She averaged 17.6 points a 
game which was in the top five in the 
Western Division of the Jayhawk 

Midway through the Jayhawk West 
schedule, assistant coach John Edison 
was released for undisclosed reasons. 
The team got its first conference win 
versus Dodge City at home in a 77-71 
overtime thriller. 

Through the last two weeks the 
team was fighting for the last playoff 

spot against Dodge City. Butler gained 
the last playoff spot by beating Dodge 
City 65-45 in Dodge City on the road. 
The season ended in the first round 
of the conference playoffs with a loss 
to Coffeyville 91-57. That was the last 
game for Micheaux as he resigned at 
the end of the season. 


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Brittany Aldrich, Udall sophomore, drives to the hole against 
Pratt. The ladies ended the season with a record of 8-22 
and a conference record of 3-13. 

The Lady Grizzlies coach, Terrance Micheaux, sits on the 
empty bench during half time writing up plays for the next 
half. With only a few games left in the season, Micheaux 
announced that he would resign effective immediately after 
the season ended. 

The Lady Grizzlies look on from 
the bench as the rest of the team 
battles it out on the court. 
Next season the Lady Grizzlies will 
be joined by a new coach. 


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Dan Hoffman 

Sports Media 

The Butler women won the 
Region VI indoor track champi- 
onship. The men brought home 
second place. 

Butler dominated the indoor track 
season with countless records 

Rosalyn Nelson broke records 
every time she stepped on the 
track, it seemed. Nelson set the 
60-meter dash record at 7.62 
this season, and won the Region 
VI title in the event. 

Leah Thompson won the mile 
as well as the championship. 

The ladies swept the 1,000 
meter run in the championship 
with Jenifer Butler winning. 
Megan Henson took second, and 
Sydney Colle had a third place 
finish in the event. 

The Lady Grizzlies closed the 
championship off with the relay 
team of Ali Hafner, Blair Vignery, 
Megan Turner and Shannon 
Moore, winning the 4x400 event. 

The men place second in the 
championship behind Barton 
County by 13 points. 

The Grizzlies' David Wainaina 
was the only event winner for 
the men, as most of Butler's top 
runners sat out for Nationals. 

Early in the year at the Tyson 
Invitational Feb. 15-16, the relay 
team of Alex James, Jarrell 

Warren, Aundrea Williams and 
Obekang Ngwigwa set a men's 
school record in the 4X400 with a 
time of 3:11.88. 

This was just a start to how 
many men qualified for the national 
meet March 8-9 in Charleston, III. 

The women's Region champi- 

onship is one to remember as 
Coach Kirk Hunter adds, "After 20 
years of coaching it's nice to see 
our women finally win their first 
indoor Region team title." The out- 
door season started March 13, in 
Winfield for the Southwestern 

Christina Addison, sophomore, Leah Thompson, freshman, and Crystal Stegman, freshman, 
take on the mile run at the Region VI championship. Thompson ended up winning the mile run 
at the championship with a time of 5:32.25, topping Cowley's second place runner by three 
seconds with a time of 5:35.81. 

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The women's indoor track team 
won the Region VI Championship 
this year. It happened to be the 
first time in the 20 years Coach 
Kirk Hunter has coached, that the 
women have won a Region 

The men's indoor track team ran 
into second this year at the 
Region VI championship, falling 
behind Barton by only a mere 13 

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The Grizzly Spring 2008 

Catherine Gunther, Tonganoxie sophomore, 
fires a pitch towards a Sterling College batter 
in the Grizzlies first regular season game. The 
ladies triumphed over Sterling in the double- 
header, pounding them 14-1 and 21-2. 

John Giffin 

Sports Media 

The Lady Grizzly softball season is 
in full swing. 

The 2008 softball team is looking 
to repeat and improve on their 2007 
season in which they went 46-11 
overall and 15-1 in the conference. 
The Lady Grizzlies won their second 
straight Jayhawk West conference 
crown, the Region VI playoffs and 
earned a top ten finish in the NJCAA 
World Series. 

Butler softball is coached by fourth- 
year head coach Doug Chance who 
has a 128-44 record at Butler and has 

won two Jayhawk Conference coach 
of the year awards in 2006 and 2007. 

The 2008 Butler softball team will 
be facing high expectations as they 
hold a preseason national number 8 
ranking and are picked to finish atop 
the Jayhawk West. 

The Lady Grizzlies have a solid 
nucleus returning from the Region VI 
champion softball team. 

The veteran pitching staff is bol- 
stered by sophomore preseason ail- 
American pitcher Lauren Supack, 
Colorado Springs, Colo. 

In 2007, Supak finished 21-6, set- 
ting a Butler record for wins in a sea- 

Supak also struck out 176 batters 
in 161 innings and finished the sea- 
son with an earned run average of 

Another sophomore making a 
major contribution to the pitching 
staff is Tonganoxie sophomore 
Catherine Gunther. 

Gunther had a solid freshman sea- 
son in which she went 13-4. Gunther 
finished 2007 with 60 strikeouts and 
an earned run average of 3.143. 

At the plate is an area where the 
Lady Grizzlies also have experience. 

Pre-season ail-American Andrea 
Weiss, Strong City sophomore third- 
baseman, is the returning leader in 
batting average and runs batted in. 

In 2007 Weiss batted .393 and 
knocked in 52 runners. 

Also solid at the plate is Colorado 
Springs, Colo, sophomore outfielder 
Jessica Matlock. 

Matlock is the second leading 
returner in batting average and runs 
batted in. 

Matlock batted .344 in 2007 and 
batted in 41 runners. 

Matlock is also Butler's returning 
home run leader. As a freshman, 
Matlock hit 13 home runs. She was 
followed by Weiss who hit 11. 

If 2008 is anything like 2007, the 
Lady Grizzlies season looks to be an 
exciting one. 


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Nick Ward, Claremore, Okla. freshman, beams 
a fast ball toward home, attempting to strike 
out the Ellsworth, Iowa batter. The Grizzlies 
came up with the double-header win, beating 
Ellsworth, 9-3 and 14-4. 

Ross Etter 

sports media 

The 2008 men's baseball team has 
their sights set on returning to the 
Junior College World Series in Grand 
Junction, Colo. In order to achieve 
that goal, they will need a strong mix 
of veteran leadership and youthful 

The veteran core is led by returning 
sophomores like left fielder Dylan 
Petrich from Maize, first baseman/DH 
Chad Thurman from Bethany, Okla., 
first baseman/DH Lorenzo Ricketts 
from Lawrence, outfielder Tashland 
Robinson from Pensacola, Fla., infield- 
er Jake Daniels from Omaha and third 
baseman Calder Cody from Wichita. 
Veteran starting pitchers Jake Jensen 
and Bryant Cotton, both from Omaha, 
lead a very young and inexperienced 

When asked about Jensen, Head 
Coach Steve Johnson says, "Oh to be 
young, tall, strong, left-handed and 
have Jensen's stuff." Jensen red 
shirted last season as he recovered 
from an injury, so he has been 
brought along slowly this season. His 
strength seems to have returned and 
the coaches look for a monster sea- 
son from him. 

Newcomers like infielder Mike Garza 
from Prairie Village and shortstop J.D. 
Herman from Omaha and Kyle Ewy, 
the catcher from Wichita, lead the 
group of freshmen who are destined 
to maintain the winning tradition at 

Coach Johnson beams about 

Herman, saying that he "is the best 
fielding shortstop the coach has seen 
in quite a while." That in itself says a 
great deal. 

McDonald field is just a short drive 
from the campus, so why not drop by 
and see for yourself what the buzz is 
all about. 


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Dorian Williams, Olathe freshman, connects 
with a Northern Oklahoma pitch. The Grizzlies 
defeated Northern Oklahoma., 9-3, giving 
them a 5-8 record to that point. 

Chad Thurman, Bethany, Okla. sophomore, 
tries to tag the Hutchinson runner attempting 
to sneak off the base. Butler triumphed in both 
games of the double-header, winning 7-6 and 


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Kansas Associated Collegiate Press 


Butler's own Grizzly Magazine staff, along with the Lantern Newspaper staff was honored at the 
KACP awards April 6-7. The following are the awards that where given to the Latern and Grizzly staff 
members. Chris Neal added to the tradition of the Grizzly Magazine, which has won six of the last 
seven Journalist of the Year awards. 


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Chris Neal: 

Journalist Of The Year 2008. 

First place in Sports Photography. 

Second place in Photo Essay. 

Third place in Caption Writing. 

Two honorable mentions in Sports Photography. 

Shawna Napoli: Third place in Mini- Feature Design. 
Samantha Scribner: Third place in Feature Photography. 

Grizzly Magazine Overall: Bronze Medal. 

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Jordan Watson: First place in Front Page Design. 

Honorable mention in Column Writing. 

Kat Callaway: Second place in Single Ad Design. 
Honorable Mention in Column Writing. 

Melissa Roberts: Honorable Mention in Single Ad Design. 

Chris Xeal: Second place in News 


Honorable Mention in 
Sports Photography. 

Nicole MasonlThird place in 


The Lantern Newspaper Overall 

Bronze Medal. 


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Every year Butler awards a teacher Master Teacher 
of the year. This year's winner was Freda Briggs. 

Briggs has been teaching for over 20 years, 16 of 
those being at Butler. She teaches English class, and 
also Mass Communications. In the past she has been 
the Adviser for the Lantern. 

She has a passion for writing and for teaching stu- 
dents how to be good writers. She has published 
many short stories and poems, and also a book 
called "Mom, can we still keep Roger?" Along with 
her publications she had a column called "Slide Down 
My Cellar Door." 

Felix Adams nominated Briggs to be the Master 
Teacher, because he felt that she had the qualifica- 
tions and was deserving of this award. He had also 
nominated her to be Teacher of the Year. After she 
was nominated a committee had to vote on the best 
teacher that was nominated. Master Teacher of the 
year is awarded once a year and the task of deciding 
starts around November. 

Briggs tries to keep her students' attention at all 
costs. She has great respect for every student that 
walks into her classroom and will try to remember 
every students' name by the end of the first class 

"I am not a teacher, I am a tap-dancer," Briggs 
says. "At least I wish I were, because some days it 
seems that tap-dancing on the table is the only way 
to get my students' attention." 

She thinks that every student that walks into her 
classroom has courage. She sees students walking in 
that don't know anyone on campus, and the older 
students walking into a classroom that are going to 


be surrounded by 18 and 19 year olds. She realizes that it 
will be a task to connect to each student that walks in but 
she is willing to take the challenge. 

After Briggs' sabbatical this semester she will be coming 
back and excelling in teaching more until she retires. 
Briggs says that she is a tap-dancer but by the end of the 
year she is always each student's best cheerleader. 

Her husband Don pins a beautiful flower on her to congratulate 
her on the award she has won this year. 

Briggs gives a wave to the crowd after she was announced Master 
Teacher of the year. 

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Briggs is given a big congratulations hug after the ceremonies 


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Freda Brings 


I am not a 

teacher; Vm a 
But mostly I 

am a 
cheerleader " 

-Freda Brigg: 

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